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Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is seeking one paid intern for its Oakland, CA, office to assist both its legal and political campaigns in medical marijuana states. ASA is a dynamic grassroots organization working to ensure access to medical marijuana therapies and research. ASA is engaged in multiple legal and political efforts at both the state and federal levels, which will be reflected in the internship.

An internship with ASA is available to undergraduate and graduate with basic writing, communication, and organizational skills. Experience with or study of law or politics is a plus, but not a requirement. This internship includes a stipend of $750 for 15-20 hours of work per week. It runs from late May or early June through late August.

Projects ASA is working on in California and other medical marijuana states include: Wide range of civil lawsuits against cities, employers, and law enforcement for implementation of state law; Campaigns in legal medical marijuana states to ensure patients' rights; Coordinated lobbying by grassroots and staff to ensure the protection of medical marijuana dispensing in California; and Providing educational material to patients, physicians, advocates, and public officials.

The following is a sample of tasks for an ASA internship: Translate state medical marijuana law into lay terms; Draft political alerts to mobilize grassroots volunteers; Assist in helping patients with legal issues, including housing, employment and law enforcement encounters; Compile information for political and legal reports; Assist in the process of lobbying public officials on the medical marijuana subcommittee of the League of California Cities (a statewide city official association); Assist in periodic mailings to California public officials; Maintain correspondence with imprisoned medical marijuana defendants.

Location is Oakland, California. The position does not involve travel. It starts on June 1 and runs for 2 ½ months. For further information, contact Rebecca Saltzman at 1322 Webster Street, Suite 208, Oakland, CA 94612, (510) 251-1856 or [email protected]. To apply, send your work/school history with an explanation of why you would like to intern with ASA to Rebecca Saltzman at [email protected].

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